The district administration of Jhunjhunu organized Kisan Melas in Buhana and Nawalgarh blocks to apprise farmers about crop rotation, technologies for round-the-year green fodder availability under scare water conditions; and about Azolla farming.
The events provided a vital platform for farmers to discuss their challenges and for agricultural experts to disseminate information about improved practices and technologies.
The Kisan Melas were held in Buhana on 5th August and in Nawalgarh on 7th August, 2019; as a part of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan currently underway across the country.
Farmers raised the issue of ground water quality that has caused health problems among their families. In this context, the SDO, Mr. Jai Singh suggested that farmers harvest rain water at domestic level by building tankas for drinking water purposes.
On the issues of animals straying into their fields and other points raised, the Assistant Director, Agriculture, Chirawa, Dr. Mohar Dadarwal explained about schemes pertaining to cluster fencing, farm ponds, and plantation of fruit plants, asking farmers to avail of the schemes.
Participants were informed about various varieties of field and horticultural crops that perform better with less water; and scientific approaches for higher water use efficiency and ‘more crop per drop.’ They were also told about suitable management practices in vegetable and fruit production.
Officials present on the occasion: Mr. Amit Vardhan, Joint Secretary, GOI (CNO), Mr. Amit Ranjan (BNO), Mr. S. N. Meena (BNO), Dr. Dayanand, Senior Scientist and Head KVK, Jhunjhunu, Mr. Ramkaran Saini, Deputy Director, ATMA, Mr. Dharamveer Dudi, Assistant Director, Horticulture, Dr. CBS Gill, Deputy Director, ATC, BDO Navalgarh, Dr. R. S. Rathore, KVK, and Dr, Rashid Khan, KVK, Jhunjhunu.